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Fall TV Preview: 'The Blacklist' brings James Spader back to TV


The Blacklist premieres Monday, September 23rd at 10pm on NBC

What NBC is saying about their new show

For decades, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader, “The Office,” “Boston Legal”) has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives. Brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, Red was known by many as “The Concierge of Crime.” Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: He will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone, “Law & Order: Los Angeles”), an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. For Liz, it’s going to be one hell of a first day on the job.

What follows is a twisting series of events as the race to stop a terrorist begins. What are Red’s true intentions? Why has he chosen Liz, a woman with whom he seemingly has no connection? Does Liz have secrets of her own? Zamani is only the first of many on a list that Red has compiled over the years: a “blacklist” of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists. He will help catch them all… with the caveat that Liz continues to work as his partner. Red will teach Liz to think like a criminal to “see the bigger picture” – whether she wants to or not.

Why the show will succeed :

  • James Spader is a must see star even if the show turns out to be below him. He redefined “chewing scenery” in Boston Legal and was the most enjoyable part of Lincoln. He’s the perfect actor to play a criminal mastermind.
  • It’s like CBS’ Persons of Interest except Spader is playing the role of the super computer.
  • Spader refused to apologize to George about his sweater, and that’s worth something.

Why the show will fail:

  • If we added serial killers to this show then it would be way to close to NBC’s drama Hannibal.
  • NBC hasn’t had a compelling hour long drama since ER went off the air.
  • With Homeland returning how much room do we have for more terrorism fighting shows.


This show is being hyped as the big launch of NBC’s fall schedule, but we’ve heard these promises from the peacock network before. Anyone remember the show Animal Practice being forced down our throats? That turned out to be a smart marketing decision. With all of NBC’s problems I am still going to drink the kool-aid on this show. I am all in for anything Spader, and predict a great show that is nearly cancelled before being saved by fans during the summer.

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